Naming of Parts

Made me smile…after a long week of watching children wade through SATs and rin out correct answers…

Freeing the Angel

Today we have naming of parts. Yesterday
We had our reading test. And tomorrow morning,
We shall have mathematics. But today,
Today we have naming of parts. Cow parsley
Punctuates the hedgerows, the lacy white heads bend in the rain,
And today we have naming of parts.

This is the adverb. And this
Is the adverbial clause, whose use you will see,
When it modifies the verb. And this is the connective,
Which next year must be called a conjunction. The cow parsley
Drips in the pouring rain, as though it is crying.
Which in our case we must not do.

This is the exclamation mark, which creates surprise
Or suggests shock. And please do not let me
See you using more than one. (You can express shock without it
If there is sufficient power in your words.) The cow parsley
Is fragile and short-lived, but each year
It returns…

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